Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016

By the Old State House, standing on the site of the Boston Massacre

At the New England Aquarium





Kate and Loralei



Kate watches the penguins getting fed



At the harbor walk


Barracuda!

Loralei LOVED the touch tanks, one with rays and sharks, the other modeled after a local tidal pool.



At Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads installation -- these three tried to time the water shooting out of the rings fountain, but sometimes hysterically missed.











Grace sensibly wanted no part in all of that water nonsense :)


When we headed back to the car, we spotted a horse and carriage -- I'd denied them a ride in Montreal (very late plus very damp) and so this was the perfect time to cash in that rain check I'd given them.





August 21, 2016

Today we went shopping for pet supplies and brought them to donate to our dearest, local animal shelter.

Then we spent some time petting cats, visiting dogs, and chirping with birds.


Later, we went out to the north end of Boston. We stopped by the Old North Church...

...and then had a low-key dinner at Rocco's.


Low-key until a marching band came by as part of that night's procession...



...and then came INTO the restaurant and drummed and cymballed their way around us. Thank goodness we brought Grace's noise mufflers, because then we were all able to laugh hysterically at the whole spectacle.





Waiting to give her donation.

Madonna del Soccorso is honored during this feast, and has so much cash pinned to her by the end of the night.



Laughing and singing as we were leaving the restaurant.


We watched the procession for a bit, and then joined in.












More donations being lowered.







One of the two side angels speaks.

The angel flies over the crowd.



So much confetti flew over the crowd, it was unforgettably beautiful here tonight.